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Since 1934, Kern Medical has been training residents and
health care professionals in our community.

Kern Medical EM Clerkship Rotation

Up to 6 medical students per 4-week block can rotate in the Kern Medical Emergency Department. As a busy level II trauma center, there are countless opportunities for suturing, splinting and other procedures. Med students are involved in codes and traumas, especially on a busy Friday night when we need ‘all hands on deck!’ The pace of the rotation and focus of clinical experiences can be self-directed, with encounters at the acute, subacute or urgent care level of illness, in addition to the critical patients mentioned above. Students will join the residents in weekly conferences, will present their own patients to the residents and, after practice, to the attendings as well. Simulation lab is open to students and mock codes are typically run monthly.

If you are an EM interested student, and want a California school- and don’t mind getting your hands dirty- come check us out! And if you are not interested in the ED but still want to learn the Emergency Physician approach to patient care, there are plenty of learning opportunities here!

To apply, submit via VSAS or email Hope to see you soon!

Kern Medical
Department of Emergency Medicine
1700 Mount Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Phone: 661.326-2168
Fax: 661.326-2165


MD and DO students enrolled in a U.S. LCME-accredited school, COCA-accredited, AACOM member college, please submit your application using AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO),

IMG Medical Students: Please submit your completed application along with a copy of your USMLE Step I score, along with an up-to-date university transcript (unofficial). You will receive a response via email when your application has been received. Please note that calling to see if paperwork has been received is highly discouraged and will only prolong the scheduling process.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates for Kern Medical’s Visiting Clerkship Program have:

  • A minimum USMLE Step I score of 225 or COMLEX score of 465 for Osteopathic Medical Students (Students who do not meet this minimum requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • Good academic standing at their medical school (verification by medicine school required).
  • An ability to communicate and are fluent in English (a TOEFL examination is required for International Medical Students). In addition, International students must have permanent residency or US citizenship; or can provide proper Visa documents allowing the right to work in the United States.
  • Must be applying to Emergency Medicine for residency.